Scouting Report: Tennessee Offense

There's no question that the Vols have one of the two best offenses the Gators will see this year. Tennessee has played one excellent team in California and a pretty good one in Southern Miss and came away with 851 yards and 70 points.

They have excellent balance between the run (152/game) and pass (273.5/game), which Florida has not had to deal with the first two weeks. They have talent at every spot and one unique and difficult match up.

It all starts with Senior quarterbck Eric Ainge who is off to a very good start this season (55-83 547 5/0). He comes to Gainesville looking for his first SEC Title, much like another Vols quarterback a decade ago. After a terrific freshman season he suffered through an awful sophomore campaign before being paired up with David Cutcliff last season. The Vols offensive coordinator has a pretty good track record with quarterbacks (you've heard of the Manning brothers, right?) and he has Ainge playing like an All-SEC candidate. Ainge has eliminated the mistakes that plagued him in the past.

Ainge spreads the ball around effectively with five different receivers having six or more catches. Tennessee does not have much experience at wide receiver, but the talent is certainly there. The most dangerous guy is Lucas Taylor (11/221), while Austin Rogers (13/210/1) and Josh Briscoe (9/50/1) give him two other solid outside threats. The guy Florida could have a lot of trouble with, however is TE/H-Back Chris Brown (8/71/2) especially in the red zone.

The running game is keyed by Arian Foster (36/214/2) who has taken over the tailback job. Foster has good size, speed and power and is also a decent receiver out of the backfield (6/15/1).

What makes it all work is a talented, experienced offensive line. They were overmatched by Florida last year, but I think they are better this year and Florida's defense is certainly nowhere near where it was up front a year ago. The left side with Eric Young and Anthony Parker is the strength with two 300 pounders. The center, Josh McNeil was the best freshman center in the league a year ago and effectively anchors the middle. The right side is solid as well, and Florida will be hard pressed to hold up against them.

All in all, Tennessee is the toughest kind of team for this Florida defense to handle. They are big and strong up front, balanced in run and pass and have an experienced, talented quarterback. The Gators number one priority has to be to limit Tennessee to no more than one ten-play drive. Florida has to get some three-and-outs and do something they have done very little of in the first two weeks, create some turnovers.


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